Day in history for December 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At the Island City Hotel we noticed one table entirely surrounded with Quakers. Their quaint but rich dresses were an object of attraction and their quiet modest ways much admired.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Davenport sawmills, except for Schricker And Muller's, have shut down for the season.

1904 -- 100 years ago
P.F. Meenan was elected Supreme Knight of Council No. 53, Knights of Father Matthew.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Bernice McBride, 11, leads in The Argus vote contest to choose a Little Queen to ride with Santa Claus.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 7-hour traffic tie-up was broken at 6 o'clock this morning on Routes 2 and 92, five miles east of Silvis, after a fleet of Peter Pan Bakery pickup trucks came to the rescue of a company tractor-trailer unit which had overturned, dumping tons of bakery goods on the road.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Lynn and Bruce Duffy have spent the past six months on a 28,000 mile trek through the 48 continental United States, Canada and Mexico. The former East Moline residents have been visiting Bruce's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Duffy, 1117 38th Ave., East Moline, for two weeks, and will set out on the last leg of their cross-country travels Wednesday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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